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making news this morning, here comes don. >> the tropical storm is picking up steam in the warm gulf waters, now just hours from hitting land. can it quench a texas-size drought? also, a military town on edge yet again after police expose what they say was a plot to kill soldiers at ft. hood, texas. for families there, a frightening sense of deja vu. and he never gave up hope. a pilot shares his epic struggle, treading water for 18 hours lost on the great lakes. and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero. texas is eagerly awaiting the arrival of tropical storm don. >> it's now on track to make landfall along the southeast
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texas coast tonight or tomorrow morning with winds topping 65 miles an hour. as you can imagine, people are along the texas coast are getting ready. >> but believe it or not, it is not expected to put a dent in the historic drought. parts of the state are 15 inches short of their average r rnfall abc's matt gutman shows us how bad it is. >> reporter: these soybean plants would normally be about chest high this time of year. instead, the tracks in the soil here are about waist deep. >> well, just how much rain will don dump on south texas and what paththill it take? >> accuweather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking the storm. >> we're looking at the infrared satellite imagery here. we see the bright oranges, that marking that this storm is slowly strengthening as it's moving northwestward in a concentric pattern. landfall is expected around corpus christi. as we head toward nightfall, not
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really expect to be much of a windstorm. winds sustained 50, 65 miles per hour as it does make landfall. really more of a good thing here. extreme drought across much of texas. we're going to get some much-needed rainfall. some spots as much as 8 inches. rob and tanya, back to you. >> thanks to jim dickey. >> live updates coming up on "good morning america." we turn to the storm in washington. the government will max out its credit card in just four days now, but republicans and democrats are further apart than ever on what to do about it. >> john boehner's republicans can't even get their own house in order. a predicted vote on capitol hill never came to pass. >> abc's karen travers joins us now from washington. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, tanya. house republican leaders wanted to send a strong message about spending cuts and party unity but some rebellious conservatives threw a wrench in that plan. it was a dramatic night on capitol hill that ended with nothing. shortly before 10:30 last night republican leaders postponed a legislattheir debt ceiling go down it
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go down in defeat. the plan proposed by house speaker john boehner would cut $900 billion from the deficit and extend the debt ceiling only through next spring. some house conservatives say it doesn't go f f enough, and after a long day and night of arm isting, republican leaders still didn't have the votes to get it passed. an unusually smug senate majority leader harry reid quickly took to the senate floor. >> i apologize to everyone for the late hour. we've been waiting for the house to conduct their business, and they're having trouble conducting it. >> reporter: earlier in the day speaker boehner projected confidence. >> today the house will take action again on a solution to end the debt limit crisis. there's no reason for anyone to object to it. >> reporter: house conservatives seem to be falling into line. >> well, i think by the time we get to the vote on this, it'll pass. >> reporter: if it passed the senate was set to consider ehner's bill right away but senate democrats and the white house made it clear that's the end of the road. >> the bill being considered in
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the house cannot be an option because it will not pass the senate, so it's dead on arrival. >> reporter: as the night ticked on, house republican leaders scrambled to make changes to win over conservative holdouts, but the votes still weren't there. the deadline to raise the debt ceiling is just days away. votes begin in the house today at 11:00 a.m. it's unclear when they will take up the debt ceiling plan but they will certainly only do it when house republican leaders are confident it can pass. tanya? >> karen, we're down to the wire here. you've covered washington for more than a decade. is this as bad as you've seen it? >> reporter: this is certainly as close to the wire as we've seen in a long time. and that's because this vote has actual hard deadline with the debt ceiling set to expire next week. that doesn't usually happen on legislative business here in washington, but after weeks of tense negotiations, there's till no sense of compromise. the house plan can't pass the senate. the senate plan can't pass the house, and at some point somebody's going to have to figure out how to compromise
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to get something to the president so that he can sign. in fact, treasury officials are working on a doomsday scenario where they would pay off some interest on existing debt but all say that cannot get to that point. tanya. >> karen travers in washington. thank you. see what the weekend brings. in other news, the army says that one of its own was plotting a deadly attack on troops at ft. hood, texas, the second such attack in just two years. but this time a clerk at a gun shop got suspicious and then tipped off police. it happened killeen, texas, near the army base as abc's ryan owens reports. >> reporter: investigators say this young soldier has been battling the army almost since he joined it. >> i don't want to deploy because i believe i can't both deploy and be a muslim. >> reporter: 21-year-old naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan but sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested he told officers he "wanted to get even
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with the military" military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack where major nadal hasan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them his plan was to set off two bombs then shoot any survivors. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: greg ebert is the man would stopped him. a former marine and police officer who works at this killeen gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday then bought six pounds of gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> if somebody comes in, especially into a business like this, and makes a purchase and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. >> reporter: concerned enough to call police, who the next day
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searched the soldier's room at this local hotel. inside that young soldier's hotel room, they not only found the ammunition that he purchased in this store but a pistol as well as the components needed to make two bombs. ryan owens, abc news, killeen, texas. >> that gun shop owner is a hero as far as i'm concerned. wow. >> certainly on top of his game. >> scary, all right. let's take a look at your weather from around the country on this friday. rain from the gulf coast, little rock, memphis, nashville and louisville. showers and thunderstorms around minneapolis, chicago and detroit. also stormy in the northeast from new england down to washington, d.c., and humid with near triple-digit heat in georgia and the carolinas. some heavy downpours in the southwest. >> phoenix hits 105. 90 in salt lake city and 74 in seattle. upper 80s from fargo to detroit. 79 in boston, 85 here in new york and 90s from baltimore to miami and dallas. and coming up next on the show this morning, a republican rising star sent to the hospital. how governor chris christie is
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coping this morning. and tiger woods makes a big announcement about his future.
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what if there is a debt default? today the treasury department outlines what will happen at its meeting in new york with 20 of the largest banks which often buy government bonds. bloomberg reports if there is a default, treasury will give priority to making interest payments to bond holders.
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the u.s. debt crisis is again weighing on asian markets thth morning. tokyo's nikkei average lost 68 points today. hong kong's hang seng is down 81. in london the ftse opened higher. on wall street, the dow fell 62 points yesterday. the nasdaq index rose 1 1/2 points. well, ford can't make enough of its focus to make demand, the problem, not being able to make the dashboards. ford is flying in parts from europe but it's not enough. the focus was the company's top-selling passenger vehicle last month, and there are waiting lists for the car. traffic at starbucks is back up to prerecession levels as its customers who tend to be a little more affluent visit more often. the company reported a big jump in profits yesterday. other food companies that cater to the well-to-do are reporting similar results. you've heard about all you can eat. how about all you can fly? jetblue airways is offering a a three-month pass for unlimited flights. the blue pass is aimed at business travelers and allows
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last-minute bookings and changes. prices range from $1,300 to $2,000. the passes are on sale through sunday or until they sell out. here's our favorite story of the day here. so much for a healthier diets. the doughnut burger is a new delicacy making the rounds in several state fairs. the bun is actually two halves of a glazed doughnut loaded with a quarter pound of beef, cheese, bacon and other toppings, as well. each weighs in at about 1,500 calories. that's as much as a whopper and a big mac combined. >> okay, now i've seen it all. >> breakfast of champions. my heart is stopping just reading that. >> oh, my god. i can't even look at that picture. all right. when we come back, a warning from tylenol about how much you should be taking. and on top of that, treading water for a day and a half after his plane crashed, so what was going through that pilot's head all that time? hey, the new guy is loaded with protein!
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another day of downpours after drenching rain caused a major headache for drivers. just look at this. flooded roads, stranded drivers. the weather also left some highways backed up for miles. and today summer storms will bring more possible flooding from chicago to new york and on i-70 from st. louis to pittsburgh. it will also be slick on i-20 from tyler, texas, to jackson, mississippi and on i-40 from little rock to memphis. rain also soaks parts of the southwest. >> and if you're flying, airport delays are possible in chicago, detroit, boston, new york and houston. polygamist religious leader warren jeffs has a new strategy in his sexual assault trial. he is now defending himself. jeffs fired his attorneys yesterday just before opening statements were getting ready to start. then when it was time to make an opening statement, jeff, well, he sat silent. he has gone through seven attorneys in just the last six months.
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new jersey governor chris christie plans to hold staff meetings today just one day after a health scare landed him in the hospital. christie, who suffers from asthma, found it hard to breathe yesterday on his way to a bill signing. he underwent some tests, which all came back normal. and when he left the hospital, christie said he felt fine but was just a little tired. the pilot who survived crashing his plane into lake huron and treading water for 18 hours says he still can't walk. michael trapp explains the details of this week's ordeal to reporters yesterday. he admitted making some mistakes like not taking an emergency beacon with him after hitting the water, and trapp described his moment of rescue. >> i got to the back of the boat. i put my hand on board, and i couldn't -- that was the extent of what my ability was. they grabbed me and just drug me on board like a caveman drags his wife. the one thing i wanted one more time was just to wrap my arms around my wife and my mom and my family just one more time.
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i just wanted to feel them one more time. >> what great spirit. an emotional experience. trapp's doctors say his muscles are damaged like running a marathon without any training. trapp admits he's a little gun shy about getting back in the air. >> lucky guy. well, the makers of extra strength tylenol are changing its daily dose. johnson & johnson plans to cut the dosage to lower the risk of accidental overdose and liver failure. starting this fall, labels on the extra strength tylenol packages will direct users to take up to six pills a day instead of eight. also in medical news, an alarming jump in strokes among pregnant women and new moms. researchers say more of them are obese and suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease. there was a 54% increase in hospitalizations for pregnancy-related strokes from 2006 to 2007 compared to 1994 and '95. experts say there needs to be more aggressive screening. today an autopsy is to be
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performed on the body of former new york yankees pitcher hideki irabu. he was among the first jajanese players to come to the u.s., and he played six major league seasons. irabu's body was found at his l.a. area home wednesday. it is believed he committed suicide. neighbors said he had grown upset after splitting with his wife. after a lengthy absence, tiger woods is making news saying he is "excited to get back out there." woods says he'll be back in action at next week's pga event. the former world number one has taken the last 11 weeks off to heal injuries to his left leg. all that time off has resulted in woods plummeting in golf's overall ranking. and now some highlights of the baseball kind. we get those from espn news. cole wright here with your espn news update. with major league baseball's trade deadline just days away, the giants putting their newest acquisition carlos beltran to work against the phillies. top of the fourth, no outs. kendrick is pitching and beltran
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was not hitting. he strikes out swinging. then in the top of the sixth, beltran back for more. kekerick says sit down. beltran was 0 for 4 with two ks. one out and two on for rowan pinch hitting for lincecum. michael martinez bobbles the ball and shoots one over the head of ryan howard, and he says, nate, i like the way you think, i'm coming home too and he scores on a throwing error and the e ants win, 4-1. derek lowe entering third base, 10-0 career against the pirates. top of the fifth. game tied at 1. andrew mccutcheon doubled into the gap. in left center. xavier paul, he comes home to score. the pirates are back in front, it's 2-1. top of the ninth now, no out for mccutcheon again. putting the charge in that one. that's hit further than they built the fence in left center. number 15 on the year for mr. mccutcheon. the pirates, they win, 5-2. albert pujols and cardinals
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taking on the astros in the lou. bottom three, one on, one up. pujols, doubling down the right field line. jon jay, the founding father, he comes on home, cardinals out in front, it's 3-1. top six now, astros up 5-3. carlos lee, el caballo, he can hit, that's gone to left. astro, they go on to get the "w," 5-3 your final count. that'll do it for us. i'm cole wright, and don't forget, for the latest on the sports scene check out the highlight express. the raiders will have a grandma cheering them on from the sidelines, but she's not related to any of them this. this is susie sanchez, the newest member of the team's cheerleading squad. >> sanchez is 37, a mother of three and grandmother of one, pretty good-looking grandmother and it's been her lifelong dream to make the squad. so she tried out year after year and finally this one, she made it. >> congrgrulations, i like to see that. age is a state of mind. well up next,
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parched farms and ranches. republicans will try again today to get their debt limit plan through the house after postponing a vote on it last night. conservative members of their own party are refusing to support it. the treasury department is working on an emergency plan to keep the government going if congress is unable to act. dozens of investigators including those from an fbi child abduction unit continue their search today for 11-year-old celina cass. as of now they have very little evidence in the fifth grader's disappearance. cass was last seen at her family's home monday night. and pop culture icon alex trebek goes under the knife todada surgeons will repair his achilles tendon which ruptured in his 3:00 a.m. tussss with a hotel burglar this week. the 71-year-old will be in a cast for about six weeks. the summer x games have begun. bicycles, motorcycle, skateboards, all sorts of daredevil high-flying stuff. it wraps up on sunday and you can see all the action on espn and here on abc. >> very brave guys.
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acuvue® oascccysrand. next, remembering the fallen. the memorial service that is expected to bring more than a thousand people to marin county to honor a murdered new days about a new plan to deal with the looming economic crisis. looks like we're going to have some drizzle. maybe some clouds and fog to deal with. but i promise you afternoon sunshine through the nice start to the friday morning. >> there we go. and finally this morning, a lighter look at the down-to-the-wire battle to raise the national debt ceiling. >> this time our favorite tv comedians are sharing their take on all the washington theatrics.
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>> president barack obama interrupted a bachelorette's search for love to take that long road down we killed bin laden lane. >> if you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message. >> that's right. call your congressman? did the president just quit? did that -- i mean, seriously, you're the president. you're asking us to call congress. yeah, sure, i'll call the congress. why don't you come here and mow my [ bleep ] lawn because i got [ bleep ] to do. >> in washington, d.c. right now, our fearless leaders are
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fighting like a horde of brides in filene's basement. it's embarrassing. if the debt ceiling isn't raised by august 2nd, they say the whole country could go into default on its loans, and we wouldn't have to pay its bills, and then america will have ask its parents for money, which would be embarrassing. china is upset because china is the one who lent us most of the money that we're supposed to pay back. they're so upset, they're threatening to flood our country with a bunch of cheap hazardous products. >> and the tea party hobbits could return to middle earth having defeated mordor. >> the point is, i get comparing the debt crisis to "the lord of the rings." they've both got elaborate plots, more characters than you can keep track of and talking about both of them repels girls. >> always a laugh with those comedians. >> oh, good stuff. >> yeah, absolutely. >> all right.


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